Delivering Alpha, in less than 2 minutes

Carl Icahn was his usual irascible self, badgering BlackRock's Larry Fink in a battle over activist investing.

Macy's, Ethan Allen and a handful of other companies got a nice pop thanks to recommendations from some noteworthy strategists.

And one or two new stars were born as well, as the fifth annual Delivering Alpha conference, presented by CNBC and Institutional Investor, delivered another day of valuable insight as well as an eclectic blend of perspectives across the Wall Street spectrum.

There was Ted Cruz, the Republican presidential candidate, trying to walk a thin line between painting Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton as a candidate for the 1 percenters and himself as the more business-friendly.

Leda Braga, a heretofore low-key but well respected member of the investing community, had something of a coming out party as she established herself as the reigning queen of the hedge fund world.

If all that wasn't enough, Blackstone'S Jonathan Gray delivered a dizzying rundown on the global real estate market that established himself as a star within the sector.

If you missed any or all of the action, the accompanying video provides a fast-paced rundown, all in less than two minutes.